Lounge news in brief:
Aspire to re-open one of its Birmingham Airport lounges today
Aspire Lounges has announced that its older, original lounge at Birmingham Airport will re-open today.
This is the North lounge, situated down by Gates 1-20 which tend to be used by low cost airlines.
Our last review of the Aspire North lounge at Birmingham Airport is here. It found the lounge to be totally acceptable but, for choice, the writer preferred the No 1 Lounge instead. This was written before the new Aspire South lounge at Birmingham Airport opened. At present, however, No 1 remains closed so Aspire North is your only option!
Opening hours will be initially restricted to 4am to 4pm.
You can get access via the usual lounge access cards, or book via the Aspire website.
Some pictures of the refurbished Yorkshire Lounge at Leeds Bradford Airport
As we covered the other day, the Yorkshire Lounge at Leeds Bradford Airport is back open for business.
The airport has taken advantage of the closure to undertake a refurbishment, including new furniture, new lighting and a decent coffee machine!
Our review of the Yorkshire Lounge at Leeds Bradford Airport in its previous form is here. However, the airport has released a few pictures of how it now looks. They appear to have been taken by a two-year old given the camera angle!
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (June 2022)
As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here.
If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.
Additional lounge visits are charged at £20. You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.
There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and you get a 30,000 points sign-up bonus. Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.
HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network. Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.
The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer. Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.
PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.